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Kaleidoscope, 2012 Coffee Stains, Watercolor And Ink On Paper Dimensions Vary

521 W 26th Street
New York, NY 10001
October 19th, 2012 - November 24th, 2012
Opening: October 18th, 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Tue-Sat 10-6


Magnan Metz Gallery is pleased to present Maya Onoda’s third solo exhibition with the gallery. Kaleidoscope will be in display from October 19th through November 24th with an artist reception on Thursday, October 18th from 6-8pm.

Known for her intricate paper cutouts and delicate installations, Onoda refers back to this medium…..

Every time you turn the tube, a kaleidoscope gives you a different view. The colored paper found inside, never changing in its form, can create endless designs of varying colors and shapes. This is determined by the reflection of those pieces of paper in the interior mirror. Onoda finds this concept of the (changing of same forms – reword) very similar to a human’s subjectivity. All things seems different depending on how we are looking at them on a particular day, in a particular place.

In Kaleidoscope, Onoda looks to transform everyday life into art. Inspired by the coffee she drinks each morning, she displays their filters, intertwined and stained with stale coffee. Instead of finding frustration in the concept of spilled drink on one’s clothing or table, Onoda seeks to find beauty and appreciation. All things, even the most mundane, have the potential to be great art.

Coffee as a drawing…

My drawing often has cutouts and they work as the negative space in the drawing.  Also, I save these cutouts and make another work with them.  When the cutouts are in another work, they become the positive.  In consequence, the second work turns the first one into the negative: the positive and negative are one and indivisible. 

Counterbalancing each other, one work leads to another and the repetition of this process becomes the infinite loop.  At the same time, transformation is always happening in the repetition by changing a perspective.  Just like a kaleidoscope, my work tells a different story every transformation, and it becomes "the never ending story" in the loop.

Maya Onoda was born in Japan and received her BFA from California State University-Fullerton and an MFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.  She was awarded the 2006 MFA Grant Award from the Joan Mitchell Foundation. Most recently Onoda had a solo show at the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Snug Harbor, Staten Island, NY and participated in group shows including The Fashion District Arts Festival, New York, NY and Garbage Picker, The Contemporary Artist as Chiffonier(e) curated by Amy Brandt.  Maya Onoda currently lives in New York City.